Rasheed Sulaimon to Duke!

Rasheed Sulaimon, Scout.com’s 4th-ranked shooting guard in the Class of 2012, has committed to Duke just a day after witnessing one of the greatest comebacks in the storied Battle of Tobacco Road.  Sulaimon represents the 2nd 5-star recruit Duke has nabbed this week, joining other 2012 phenom Alex Murphy.  There were some rumors last weekend that Sulaimon was going to commit soon, and all of us at C-T were hoping they were true.  We are more than excited to have him join the crew in 2012.

Here’s what he says he has to offer, taken from an interview with Adam Zagoria just prior to his visit:

“I’ll just bring a guy who’s hardworking, who can play pressure defense and is willing to do whatever coach asks me,” he said. “Be a great teammate and a great leader.”

Just like Murphy, Sulaimon is drawing comparisons to two players who have donned Pantone 287: Daniel Ewing and a certain @NdotSmitty.  He is a 6’4’’ smooth-shooting combo guard who possesses both great range and the ability to finish at the hoop.  He brings a ton of energy to the floor and utilizes his quickness and athleticism when getting to the rim.  As ESPN.com describes, he “has all the tools to be a special college player.”  We certainly think so, too.

Sulaimon, who hails from Houston, TX, had also been considering UNC, Texas, and Baylor, among other schools.  Check out some of his highlights below, courtesy of Hardwood Elite.

Once again, another top recruit has committed to play for Coach K and his staff.  As we mentioned in the Murphy article, high school players all over the nation think Duke is hot right now, and rightfully so.  Let’s only hope our success continues into the future.

5 thoughts on “Rasheed Sulaimon to Duke!

  1. Good write up Scott. The first guy I thought of when I started paying attention to Sulaimon was Nolan. I don’t see too much from his tapes that separates him from other players so I think he will be a true 4 year player at Duke and I think his best asset will be his defense which isn’t displayed well in his videos. Definitely great to have him but I wonder how this will affect getting Shabazz Muhammad

  2. I am new to this site and I am absolutely in love. Being able to find valuable information on the future of Duke basketball is something I’ve been looking for, for a really long time.
    I am really excited about our ’11 class and with the news of sheed and murph committing to duke has left me on top of the world.
    Thanks for the information, thanks for the site and please keep up the good work!

    Go Duke,
    and in the spirit of rilvalry week. GO TO HELL CAROLINA!

  3. Thanks for the feedback, Bobby! I’m glad you enjoy the site.

    Patrick–I’ll answer for Scott and say I think Rasheed is a 4-year guy as well. The similarities to Nolan are uncanny…once he gets in the weight room and works with the conditioning coaches his speed will skyrocket (like Nolan) and he’ll be able to burn people AND use his size.

    As for Muhammad…keep your fingers crossed. I think UK is a major player in this one. But ABC, right?

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